James Mortimer 17.Apr.2012Getty Images
Thankfully for the Chiefs the tactics undertaken by the lock and flanker worked a treat.
After trailing by five points with quarter of an hour remaining, the visitors could have kicked three points, but the players on the field opted for a lineout in the Cheetahs 22.
Almost successful in driving the ball over, the Cheetahs gave away a penalty, and the Chiefs repeated their tactics off an attacking lineout, and from there try scoring specialist Sona Taumalolo crossed the line for try six of the season, which set up the New Zealand Conference leaders win.
Rennie said to the Waikato Times he was happy the leadership group had that confidence.
"We let the players make that call," Rennie said.
"We wanted to take the shot at goal.
"But the boys felt like we had a bit of momentum and wanted to keep plugging away. I don't know if you could see it on the TV but the Cheetahs' boys were blowing a fair bit at that stage.
The Chiefs coach said it wasn’t an isolated example.
"When we played the Highlanders in game one, we made a call to go the corner when the boys wanted to have a shot at goal,” he said.
"We want them to feel they can over-rule us. To their credit, they made a big call and got it right."